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    I just changed job locations where I can now commute by bike to work about nine miles in each direction. I love it. Aside from having to stage clothes and shuffle my schedule a bit; I find its a great start and finish to the work day. Just wondering if anyone has any good tips which they find useful to the whole commuting thing.

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    I went three years, once, with no car and only my bikes. Of course having a place to take a shower and change clothes is key. No way I could've done that without the ability to take a shower. Not sure how experienced a cyclist you are but a rearview mirror is critical for riding in traffic. I live in a cold winter climate so having appropriate gear for the cold is critical. Layers, all about layers. Make damn sure you're carrying a pump and tube repair kit and know how to fix a flat, it's inevitable you'll get flats. Of course using puncture resistant tires help a lot also. Will you be riding in the rain? If so, full length fenders and rain gear are a must. Breathable fabric is key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natsfan44 View Post
    I just changed job locations where I can now commute by bike to work about nine miles in each direction. I love it. Aside from having to stage clothes and shuffle my schedule a bit; I find its a great start and finish to the work day. Just wondering if anyone has any good tips which they find useful to the whole commuting thing.
    I found that it was much easier then I expected. Although my bike commutes have never been more then about 5 miles one way. I kept a few things in the office:

    - baby wipes in the office for a quick refresh, if needed. When I bike-commuted in DC this was very necessary during the summer.
    - some kind of face cleaning pad (I found a great cucumber based one at Whole Foods) to wipe away any sweat or grime and also to refresh
    - even though I biked in my suit pants, I always had a change of clothes, just in case.

    I also found it was easier then I expected to bike in my suit pants. Again, depending on your summer in DC, this may not be the way to go. I would bike in sneakers, and either keep a pair of shoes at the office or in a bag on my bike.

    I would definitely invest in a lighting system for the front and back of your bike. In addition, a bright yellow/orange vest to be seen. Carry CO2 cartridges - much more efficient and easier then using a mini-pump.

    Also, be prepared for strange looks or having to explain yourself - though, this seems to be diminishing as the years go on.

    About all I can think of for now. I'll just re-iterate, this wound up being much easier then I expected. Good luck - and enjoy the extra movement!

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    Congrats! And welcome to the two wheel freedom! Like the other posters said, extra tube and pump and know how to actually change a tire! Dress comfortably, and have fun. Help ya get in shape, and save money by not filling the gas tank as much. The miles add up. Last year I commuted 1800 miles, that's 6 tanks of gas!! Good luck and ride on!!

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    I do carry tubes and tools for tire repair but since I put kevlar inserts in I've not had a flat on the road. I only do 5 miles and just try to take it easy if it's real hot. I don't have an office job so it's not so critical if I'm a little sweaty.
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    Once the weather improves a little I plan on biking to work (4 miles each way). My plan is to take a couple of changes of clothes to work on a day that I take the car, then I can bike in workout gear and change when I get there. We do have a shower at work, but in all likelihood, I'll just use baby wipes.

    My commute is on a bus route where some of the buses have bike racks on the front, so I'll carry a couple of bus tickets with me in case of any issues with the bike or the weather. I could also walk it, if need be.

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    Very envious of all who can commute by bike. Unfortunately, my 28 mile commute (each way) across some exceptionally hilly terrain would take me close to 2.5 hours. Each way.
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    awesome, love bike commuting!
    +1 for fenders, lights, and layers. I ride year round, so I'm down with the cold and wet and even wind. Actually I get nervous in summer because there's a lot more exposed skin to get banged up if I fall.

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    enjoy it! switch up your route if you can do it safely. I try to find as many parks/playgrounds to ride through on my way to work.

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